Cobham Road Old Trolleybus Depot, Ipswich IP3 9JD
Located just off Felixstowe Road, in the Eastgate district of Ipswich, the Transport Museum is home to over 100 bygone vehicles from buses and trams to cranes and prams.
The museum is housed in the old Priory Heath trolleybus depot. There, you will discover a collection of engineering marvels 50 years in the making. The collection is supported by a variety of small exhibits, display material and ephemera.
You can see buses and bicycles, prams and a police car, lawnmowers and lorries, fire engines and a funeral hearse. There is even a large and detailed model railway.
The museum also houses the Ipswich Engineering Collection which includes many items from well-known companies including Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, Ransomes and Rapier, Cranes, Reavell and Cocksedge. The displays include cranes, fork lift trucks, lawnmowers and intricate models.
In addition to the collections, you can explore the Restoration Zone. There you can see the dedicated volunteers restoring the vehicles and keeping them in perfect condition. It provides a fascinating insight into how museums like this are maintained.
The Museum also gives regular educational talks and lectures to schools, clubs and societies. Over the past few years the museum’s curators have initiated programmes of specialist lectures in conjunction with other local societies to commemorate various events and anniversaries.
After a few hours of exploring the history of engineering and automation, you can refresh yourself in the Sunbeam Tea Room. Open most days, the team room offers all the refreshments you can expect from a local museum.
If you fancy a souvenir of your visit, stop by the gift shop on your way out. There you can choose from a range of books, models and other memorabilia to treasure your visit to the Transport Museum.